Picatinny rail consists of slots with 5.23 mm spaces between one another, which means that it can be used across its entire length. It is simple to mount and interchangeable – if something is made for a Picatinny rail, it will fit regardless of the manufacturer or manufacturing date. It is affordable, resilient and reliable – this is why it so commonly used by professionals and military. Because of all its great qualities, Picatinny rail has been dominating the rail market in the recent years.
Picatinny is a big step forward from the Weaver standard. Weaver has a few predesignated slots while Picatinny has slots all over its surface, allowing the device to be mounted wherever the user finds it fitting. Weaver's slot is 3.8 mm wide, which is why ring mounts made for a Weaver rail will also fit on a Picatinny rail while ring mounts made specifically for a Picatinny rail will not fit on a Weaver rail. This is one of the main reasons why Picatinny is a far better mounting solution.
Recknagel is currently the biggest manufacturer of mounts in Germany. Their Picatinny rails, known for great fit and finish, are mostly made of high-grade aluminum (a few are also made of steel), which is why they are very reliable. Screws are included. Currently, a common trend among rifle manufacturers is making receivers out of aluminum – mounting a Picatinny rail made of aluminum on one of those receivers is thus not problematic. Their products are marketed either under the name Recknagel or Era-Tac.
Ruger is one of the biggest firearm manufacturing companies in the USA – up to 2004, they produced more than 20 million firearms. They make bolt-action rifles, semi-automatic rifles, single-shot rifles, shotguns, and revolvers. Their most famous firearms are Standard, MP9, Blackhawk, and M77.
Ruger10/22 is a popular small-caliber semi-automatic rifle – one of the most popular .22 rifles in America. It was first introduced in 1964. The design was quite ahead of its time – the rifle featured a trigger mechanism that could be completely removed from the firearm. With time, various models were introduced: Stainless Steel Standard, International, All-Weather, Sporter, Deluxe Sporter, Target, Varmint, and Magnum. Ruger 10/22 is available in a vast variety of configurations and tends to be one of the most customizable rifles out there. Some of the models produced are take-down, meaning that the barrel can be easily removed and reattached with the help of a V-block system. This rifle is a great choice for plinking, shooting on targets and small game hunting. There are four mounting holes on the rifle's action, two at the rear and two at the front. Some new models come with an integrated Picatinny rail.
All Ruger 10/22 versions out there share the same mounts.
A: 12.7 mm
B: 65.2 mm
C: 21.9 mm
BHU: 0 mm
Remove all the stains (grease, oil etc.) from the rifle's receiver with a cleaning fluid (acetone). Once the surface is clean and dry, check whether the screws match the rail and the holes on the receiver. Make sure that the Picatinny rail is compatible with the rifle by inspecting the mounting holes on both. Before mounting the rail permanently, apply a minimal amount of thread-locking fluid 278 or 648 on screws and contact surfaces. Be careful not to get the fluid in or near the mounting holes. Carefully clean the remaining excess fluid around the rail with a cleaning fluid. Using a torque driver, screw the screws appropriately (up to 2.2 Nm) – do not overtighten.
The product has a warranty period of 10 years.
|Mount series||ERA-TAC Picatinny Rails|
|In production since||N/A|
|BH height||7.5 mm|
|Scope / Sight type||Picatinny Rail|